Friday, October 30, 2009

Harrismith (H 12)

Name: Harrismith

Harrismith was established in 1849 on the banks of the Wilge River with Platberg (Flat Mountain) keeping watch over the town. Situated halfway between Johannesburg and Durban it offers good and varied accommodation and it is the gateway to the Drakensberg with its beautiful scenery and many things to do. Harrismith is also home to one of the original blockhouses built during the Anglo Boer War to catch General CR de Wet and President MT Steyn. Harrismith has many things to do and plays host to mountain marathons and bike rallies. Close to Harrismith is the Sterkfontein Dam on top of the escarpment. The dam is ideal for sailing and water sports and it is unique in the respect that it is filled with water that is pumped from the foot of the mountain to the dam. It is the deepest dam in Africa and from here water is supplied to Gauteng via the river system into the Vaaldam. Bearded and Cape vultures can be seen at the viewpoint in the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve and also in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

Harrismith is a small, charming country town, founded in 1849, but discovered by tourists only recently.

Surrounded by buttes and mesas the town was founded in 1849 and named after Governer Harry Smith An important crossroad in the land trade ...

Harrismith is the centre of one of the five wool producing districts in Southern Africa. Harrismith has progressed since then to a delightful, spacious town ...

Travel related info about Harrismith, a major town in the Free State, South Africa. Routes: N3, N5, R712, R722.

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